Culture Watch

An Art Day Out

CULTURE WATCH — With Bergamot Art Station redevelopment leading the headlines, it’s nice to remember what Bergamot actually is: a pretty darned great collection of galleries and a local museum, all of which offer an eye-delighting and/or intellectually intriguing array of arts, open to the public. This past week on my way to hear... Read more →


More details on Brick + Mortar misdemeanors

MAIN STREET — As first reported in the Daily Press on Sept. 11, the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office has successfully concluded the prosecution of the local restaurant Brick and Mortar Restaurant on Main Street. Brick and Mortar had been charged with persistently exceeding permit restrictions by operating as an unpermitted bar/nightclub... Read more →



Brick + Mortar pleads to 14 misdemeanors

EDGEMAR — A Main Street restaurant has pleaded no contest to 14 misdemeanor counts for, among other things, violating City Hall’s alcohol permits. Brick + Mortar, located in the Edgemar complex, will pay $12,000 in fines and restitution and be on probation for 30 months, according to Councilmember Kevin McKeown. Representatives from the... Read more →

Play Time

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in 55 minutes

PLAYTIME — If you're looking for a play that is smart, witty, well written, well acted, and well directed, this isn't it. The show is called “Women” and the main characters are called Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, along with their mother, insipidly called “Marmee”. Sound familiar? It's “Little Women”, but, unfortunately it isn't... Read more →



Rustic Canyon, Mélisse add employee benefit surcharge

WILSHIRE BLVD — Santa Monica restaurant groups are supplementing healthcare costs for their workers by adding a 3 percent surcharge to every bill. Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, part owners of Rustic Canyon, Milo and Olive, Huckleberry Cafe, and Sweet Rose Creamery, along with Josiah Citrin, chef and co-owner of Mélisse, started adding the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Bound and Unbound

CULTURE WATCH — There's something distinctive about a Neil Simon play; the quick patter, the complex relationships, the neighborhood (Brighton Beach especially), and sometimes these elements play out poignantly and pointedly. In the case of “Broadway Bound,” just extended at The Odyssey Theatre, all the elements are there, it's just... Read more →


Planning Commission approves three alcohol licenses

CITY HALL — The next time Planning Commission ends at 12:30 a.m. and the Commissioners are in need of a nightcap, they'll have three new choices in Santa Monica. The five and a half hour meeting on Aug. 27 took an unusual turn from almost the first minute as the commission chose to hold full hearings for each of three consent items and... Read more →

Culture Watch

Fringe Binge, Part 2

CULTURE WATCH — Sadly the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 ended this past Monday. But what an incredible array of arts, ranging from the unwatchably boring to the outrageously outlandish and everything in between. I sought out theatre events, but my mind can only take in so much in a week; on my busiest day I saw four productions,... Read more →


Callahan’s closing after decades

WILSHIRE BLVD — After 26 years under current ownership and decades under previous owners Callahan’s will close at the end of this year. The diner, beloved by many local regulars, has been open since 1946 according to the new building owners. Abraham Vazquez, who has owned Callahan’s since 1988, said that his lease is up at the end of... Read more →


Young musician launching new album

CITYWIDE — Leena Culhane, a 24-year-old Santa Monica resident is about to release her latest album entitled “The Reckoning” and she is hoping to tap into the arts-loving local community for support. Culhane moved to Santa Monica from Fairfax, a town just north of San Francisco. She said the community was a great place to develop as a... Read more →